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Understanding Student’s Career Planning Tips and Resources For Parents & Guardians

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Webinar Agenda The Career Development Process Tips for Freshman Year Tips for Sophomore Year Tips for Junior Year Tips for Senior Year Additional Resources

What an adventure!:

What an adventure! UNM Career Services is here to help through these transitions. Connect to us to stay updated and aware. Information is power.

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What if your student doesn’t know what to major in? What if they have a major but not a clear plan? Don’t worry. This is normal.

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Choosing a career is a process Remember: All students go through the stages of this process at different speeds. The steps of this process include: Assessing interests, personality, values and skills and abilities. Exploring majors and career options. Gaining experience with possible career options (through co-op education, internships, part-time/full time opportunities, networking). Organizing and conducting a job or graduate school search.

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The Office of Career Services at the University of New Mexico can help your student at each stage. www.career.unm.edu

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Freshman Year Allow them to try out the college experience. Here's what you can do to help: Support your student's exploration of new areas of study and interests. (http://www.unm.edu/~sac/) Affirm what you know to be areas of skill and ability he or she has consistently demonstrated. Talk with your student about the courses and activities he or she is enjoying. (Your willingness to listen and be a sounding board will keep you in the loop.) Don't panic about what the plan to major in Support your student's responsible involvement in campus activities Urge your student to seek assistance in the office of career services. We can help them with defining their skills and abilities, interests, personality and values.

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Sophomore year Generally, during the second year of college, a student begins to explore major and career options more seriously. Here's what you can do to help: Don't insist that a decision be made about a certain major or career choice immediately (For help on what you can do with your major: http://www.career.unm.edu/students/major.php) Don't assume that if your student chooses to major in philosophy, or some other "impractical" major that he or she will never get a job. Suggest taking some foreign language classes and further developing computer skills. Encourage informational interviews. Remind your student about opportunities on campus such as on-campus recruiting, information sessions and career fairs in order to better connect with the professional world. (The alumni office also has a great mentorship database where current students can build relationships with alumni in their chosen field ( www.unmalumni.com/mentor ).

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Junior Year It is important for students to get some experience with possible career options. Here's what you can do to help: Encourage your student to use the resources available at the Office of Career Services. Our career development facilitators will assist your student in preparing a good resume and finding opportunities to test their career choices, including internships, cooperative education programs, and summer job listings. We are in direct contact with employers. Tell your student that you understand the importance of their gaining exposure to and experience in his or her field of career interest. Discuss your financial expectations with your student before a commitment is made to nonpaid internships are obtained. Don't conduct the internship or summer job search for your student.

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Senior Year During the junior to senior year is when organizing and conducting a job search or graduate school search begins. Here's what you can do to help: Encourage your student to use the Office of Career Services we can help with the following during this stage: Workshops and individual appointments to help with resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, and other job-search skills and graduate school search and application process Career advising including negotiating job offers Providing print and online resources On-campus interviewing opportunities, career fair information and etiquette information Connecting with New Mexico Career Match (nmcareermatch.com) and Lobo Career Connection (http://www.career.unm.edu/students/lcc.php)

A Few Final Thoughts:

A Few Final Thoughts Academic Achievement Responsible Work Experience Responsible involvement outside the classroom

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Best of luck to you in navigating the challenging waters of parenting a University of New Mexico Student! Don’t forget to connect.

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Resources: Office of Career Services http://www.career.unm.edu (505) 277-2531 Lobo Career Connection NM Career Match UNM Parents and Families http://parent.unm.edu/ http://parentassociation.unm.edu/ Financing Education http://finaid.unm.edu/ http://scholarship.unm.edu/ Ex: Ford Foundation Fellowships for Minorities, National Science Foundation - www.finaid.org/scholarships , www.fastweb.com Cornell Graduate School - http:// cuinfo.cornell.edu /Student/GRFN/ Hispanic Scholarship Fund - www.hsf.net Long-term Educational Loans - Subsidized loans, Unsubsidized loans, Stafford , Perkins UNM Alumni Office http://www.unmalumni.com/ Dean of Students office http://dos.unm.edu/ Student Health and Counseling http://shac.unm.edu/ Advisement http://www.unm.edu/~ucollege/advise.html

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